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What say you! Is $100 more a fair price to pay for a 32GB iPhone over a 16GB model when it costs Apple maybe $8? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: Apple is trimming 200 jobs at Beats following acquisition; subliminal message to Pandora, in the restructure, could be "marketshare is good, but profits are better", more on the subject in our Apple/Macintosh section; does word that "tablet sales are 'crashing'" — at least according to Best Buy's CEO — portend doom for the iPad?; here's a thought about no sapphire for iPhone 6, might Apple be saving it for the iPhone 6S?; Lisa Jackson, Apple SVP of Environmental Initiatives, acknowledges company must do more to encourage use of renewable energy in their suppliers, partners; continuing their reviews of Adobe flagship products, Macworld today covers InDesign CC 2014; Shazam is out for Mac, here's a first look at the music recognition app; Tuts+ has a walkthrough to prepare your Mac for Yosemite; tired of Safari notifications when you visit web sites? Kirk McElhearn shows how to turn off the feature; Dan Rayburn reports that Apple's own Content Delivery Network is now live at a cost of $100 million, though relationships with Akamai, Level 3 are still ongoing; Market Realist on why Apple chose to partner with IBM; feature at Wired explores USB security, and why it "is fundamentally broken"; MacRumors reporting Tuesday, 14 October as iPhone 6 launch day, "part of 'incredibly busy' month"; here are 5 tips to better the battery life of your MacBook; IDC stats on computer sales estimates being called out; Samsung now struggling, and Christian Zibreg says it proves "Apple knows exactly what it's doing with its iPhone business"; HotHardware reviews Nvidia's new Shield tablet for gaming.

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  • "In Beats Restructuring, Apple's Tim Cook Sends Subliminal Message To Pandora"  Seeking Alpha 9:05 AM
  • "Apple Said to Cut 200 Jobs at Beats After Acquisition" Bloomberg 9:15 AM
  • "Apple-Beats deal to result in 200 layoffs: The two companies are expecting the merger to be completed by the end of the current quarter." United Press International 11:42 AM
  • "Apple Deal Means 200 Beats Workers Will Need New Jobs" Re/code 11:03 AM
  • "Apple eliminating 200 Beats jobs -- report" CNET 10:45 AM
  • "Apple reportedly laying off up to 200 of Beats' 700 employees" The Verge 11:03 AM
  • "Apple To Lay Off Around 200 Workers From Beats Following Acquisition" Digital Trends 7:33 AM
  • "Is the iPad doomed? Tablet sales are 'crashing,' says Best Buy's CEO! IPad sales are sinking fast! Is this the beginning of the end for the tablet?"  CNNMoney 10:49 AM
  • "Will Apple Save Sapphire Seduction For iPhone 6S?" Forbes 9:14 AM
  • "Apple environmental chief expanding green power efforts" MacNN 8:48 AM
  • "Mavericks discussion offers tips about Mac hardware compatibility with earlier OS X versions, plus iCloud sync problems, along with questions about a couple of odd glitches." MacInTouch 11:40 AM
  • "Security notes include trackers in email (identified by Little Snitch); HIPAA (medical privacy) issues; adware; JavaScript Blacklist; questions about managing spam; LinkedIn and related security issues." MacInTouch 11:40 AM
  • "InDesign CC 2014 review: Better e-book tools, easier workflows" Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Notifier Pro for Gmail review: You've got Gmail notifications on your Mac's menu bar" Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Review: Macphun's Tonality brings out your inner Ansel Adams" The Next Web 9:05 AM
  • "First look: Shazam for Mac" Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "FxFactory ANIMO plug-in gives a whole new meaning to simple animation" IT.Enquirer 8:55 AM
  • "Preparing a Mac for OS X 10.10 Yosemite" Tuts+ 8:48 AM
  • "Master your windows with Moom and Zooom" Macworld 8:51 AM
  • "Manage applications that use your location in OS X" MacIssues 10:49 AM
  • "How to Customize the Look and Functionality of OS X" Lifehacker 10:49 AM
  • "Stop Safari from Asking You if You Want Notifications from Websites" Kirkville 9:23 AM
  • "How To Connect A Mac Automatically To A Remote Network" Mac 360 7:20 AM
  • "More Ways To Build A Website On A Mac" Mac 360 7:21 AM
  • "Free: Screen And Microphone Recorder For The Mac" McSolo 7:20 AM
  • "Free: Keep Your Mac From Sleeping" Mac 360 7:20 AM
Press Releases
  • "Total War: Shogun 2 makes an honorable OS X debut" iMore 10:50 AM
  • "Beyond the standard flare with Designed Light Effects from Tangent FX" 7:34 AM
  • "Free PDF FCPX in a shared environment updated for 10.1.2" 7:33 AM
  • "Shazam launches official Mac menu bar app to help you identify songs around you" AppAdvice 7:34 AM
  • "Shazam for Mac brings instant music recognition and more to your menu bar" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's CDN Now Live: Has Paid Deals With ISPs, Massive Capacity In Place"  Streaming Media Blog 11:45 AM
  • "Apple's multi-terabit, $100M CDN is live—with paid connection to Comcast: Big content delivery network will help Apple deliver iOS and OS X upgrades." Ars Technica 11:45 AM
  • "Apple Stores to finally begin iPhone 5s display replacements on August 4th" 9to5Mac 11:05 AM
  • "Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO Pulled From The App Store" TechCrunch 9:23 AM
  • "Can Samsung Finally Outsexy Apple with This Phone?" LAPTOP Magazine 9:22 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "VW Will Create A Special Management Team To Be More Like Apple" Business Insider 12:25 PM
  • "Google Reveals a Wide Overview of their Smart Gamepad Vision" Patently Mobile 12:23 PM
  • "Selfie, belfie, usie, kill me – end this madness: As the monstrous selfie morphs into the painfully pointless 'usie', stop trying to make –ie a thing" Telegraph 9:15 AM
  • "FCC calls Verizon plan to throttle speeds 'disturbing'" CNNMoney 11:04 AM
  • "Verizon explains why it's throttling its 'unlimited' data customers" BGR 8:54 AM
  • "Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken"  Wired 8:52 AM
  • "T-Mobile posts strong Q2 revenue, adds 1.5 million new customers" iMore 7:37 AM
  • "As expected, Samsung Mobile profits slump 31 percent as Chinese competition bites" 9to5Google 7:37 AM
  • "Fitness tracking goes under the security spotlight" CNET 7:18 AM
  • "ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook's App Breakup" The Mac Observer 7:21 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Tuesday, October 14, Part of 'Incredibly Busy' Month for Apple"  MacRumors 7:14 AM
  • "Questionable rumor of iPhone 6 launch on 14th October, iWatch announced the same month?" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
  • "Apple now rumored to launch iPhone 6 on October 14" CNET 8:51 AM
  • "New report claims the iPhone 6 may release much later than we expected" BGR 8:54 AM
  • "Is Apple finally joining the NFC camp?" iTWire 7:19 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Files Inventions Regarding In-App Programs, Fingerprint Scanning Enrolment and Two that Support the Disabled" Patently Apple 8:56 AM
  • "How Apple's smart music tech could push you harder in workouts" Cult of Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Apple reveals new Security Control Features for Future iWallet" Patently Apple 9:00 AM
  • "Two Apple patents are designed to help low-vision users, the physically impaired" Apple Daily Report 7:21 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves parental management of digital assets on its various online stores" Apple Daily Report 7:22 AM
  • "Apple wants you to create your own media stations and recommend iTunes content" Apple Daily Report 7:31 AM
  • "Pow! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage" The Register 9:05 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Marvel Pinball For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:54 AM
  • "Cross The Line For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:54 AM
  • "Starlight: Find Stars And Constellations For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:54 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:31 AM

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  • "Toshiba STOR.E Slim USB 3.0 portable hard drive for Mac review" Macworld UK 8:47 AM
  • "The PureGear DualTek XT is built for Extreme Terrain" TechnologyTell 8:47 AM
  • "Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad Air" iLounge 9:24 AM
  • "The Runtastic Orbit Is A Fitness Tracker With All The Right Moves" ReadWrite 9:16 AM
  • "Runtastic Orbit review: The activity tracker that only a Runtastic fanatic could love" TechHive 8:47 AM
  • "Review: Bolse 25W 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC Technology" Run Around Tech 9:16 AM
  • "Win At Poker With The Odds Calculator" Mac 360 7:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Polymo is a new camera app for the iPhone and iPod touch that launched earlier this month with a focus on letting you organize your photos with tags." MacStories 12:31 PM
  • "QuickFolders: a more efficient way to launch apps in folders" iDownload Blog 10:50 AM
  • "Translate Words & Phrases from Foreign Languages with iPhone & Word Lens" OS X Daily 9:04 AM
  • "Going on a trip? Keep a travel diary with Bonjournal" TechHive 7:18 AM
  • "Timeful for iPhone uses behavioral science to make your calendar and to-do list smart" The Next Web 9:05 AM
  • "Bio Inc. – Biomedical Plague review: kill your patient with lethal diseases" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Crazy Taxi: City Rush begins its ride on the iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:37 AM
  • "Poptile - Popping A Fresh Matching Game?" Apple'n'Apps 7:37 AM
  • "Dizzy Fruit - A Fresh Pick, Or Rotten Snack?" Apple'n'Apps 7:37 AM
  • "Fish & Shark - Rising Above The App Store Sea?" Apple'n'Apps 7:37 AM
  • "Formula Force Racing iOS Game Review" Tapscape 9:15 AM
  • "Deep Loot Review: Dive deep in this fun explore-em-up that's a little grind heavy but ultimately quite entertaining." 148Apps 11:05 AM
  • "Fish & Shark Review: Fish & Shark's beauty is only scale deep." 148Apps 9:23 AM
  • "5 tips for better MacBook battery life" Computerworld 7:21 AM
  • "TBT: The first iPad/On Throwback Thursday, the 'Squawk Alley' crew looks back at the original iPad and revisit Walt Mossberg's review of the product. Walt says almost nothing has grown as fast as quickly as tablets." CNBC 12:25 PM
  • "The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better" BGR 11:04 AM
  • "Why IDC sales estimates are complete BS" TUAW 11:03 AM
  • "This is one iOS 8 feature you'll absolutely love" BGR 10:50 AM
  • "Samsung's troubles prove Apple knows exactly what it's doing with its iPhone business" iDownload Blog 10:50 AM
  • "Obsolete arguments" Macworld 10:45 AM
  • "Indie App Developers Have It Rough: So What?" Kirkville 8:48 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook receives praise for iOS vision" TechnologyTell 7:26 AM
  • "Why can't we apply rental movie fees to film purchases on iTunes?" Apple Daily Report 7:21 AM
  • "What Apple Did To The iPhone To Get Enterprise Customers (that it did not do to the Mac)" PixoBebo 7:20 AM
  • "Why Mac Benchmarks Don't Matter" Mac 360 7:20 AM
  • "Privacy And Security Are Attacked And Enhanced By This iPhone Accessory" Mac 360 7:19 AM
  • "Sprint again shows why it's America's worst wireless carrier" BGR 10:50 AM
  • "NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: The Fastest Tablet Available" HotHardware 10:44 AM
  • "Samsung Feeling the Squeeze from the Low End and, Soon, the High End" Lou Miranda 8:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Yantouch - Diamond+ Creates An Instant Party With Bluetooth Speaker Music & Light Show¬† –¬† 16 Million Colors Pulsate To Music See, Hear & Feel The Music-- All-in-One Entertainment System with LED Galaxy Light Show that Sparkles Like a Diamond" Thomas PR 11:59 AM
  • "Revolv Launches New Android and Updated iOS Apps With Official Support for Nest" Business Wire 11:41 AM
  • "Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses" TechCrunch 11:05 AM
  • "Timeful hopes to reinvent time management on your iPhone" AppAdvice 11:05 AM
  • "PadGadget's Sound Stage: iKlip Stage Now Live in the App Store" PadGadget 11:04 AM
  • "'Blood Bowl' for iPad Finally Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 11:03 AM
  • "Lollapalooza hub featured on Apple TV Red Bull channel ahead of music festival kick off tomorrow" 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "There's Been A Great Update to the Text Streaming Spritz Technology" MacNews Blog 9:32 AM
  • "The NomadPlus turns your iPhone charger into a battery pack" Cult of Mac 9:22 AM
  • "Plants vs. Zombies 2 Enters the Second Half of the Dark Ages" 148Apps 9:22 AM
  • "Out Now: 'Angels in the Sky', 'Deep Loot', 'Micromon', 'Super Heavy Sword' and Tons More" Touch Arcade 9:15 AM
  • "Indiegogo's first native iPhone app is now available worldwide following a brief Canada-only stint" The Next Web 9:05 AM
  • "SIG: In Brief: Maxon news at SIGGRAPH 2014" Architosh 7:19 AM
  • "SIG: Chaos Group News for SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver" Architosh 7:18 AM
  • "Letter Storm Hits the Apple Store Like a Hurricane" prMac 8:51 AM
  • "MEKS launches new interactive social media app" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "Together for iPad and iPhone 1.0 Now Available" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "MonApps introduces Mouse Hunter 1.0 for iOS - Hunt Down Mice" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "19 & 20 Year Olds Launch a Photo Messaging App to Complete Your Moments" prMac 7:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's board gets turned up to 11 with new member" Neowin 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft creates special Chinese team to help drive adoption" Neowin 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft announces its new development board: the Sharks Cove" Neowin 8:05 AM
  • "Intel's MinnowBoard Max coming in late, commanding higher prices: The open-source PC board lists at $129 but will cost more from the first retailers selling it" Computerworld 7:44 AM
  • "Intel's Raspberry Pi-like MinnowBoard Max behind schedule, selling at a premium" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "Intel to see difficulties shipping 40 million tablet CPUs in 2014" DigiTimes 8:17 AM
  • "Intel Rolls Out a New Update for Its Bluetooth Adapters – Download Version 17.1.1406.01" Softpedia 8:16 AM
  • "AMD's Kaveri onslaught: New A10 & A8 APUs, better pricing, lower power consumption" ExtremeTech 7:58 AM
  • "AMD's Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops: AMD's new chips will bring console-style gaming to small desktops" IDG News Service 7:44 AM
  • "AMD Readies Steamroller Based A4-7300, Athlon X4 860K / 840, Athlon X2 450 and FX-8370 For AM3+ Processors For Q3 2014" WCCF Tech 8:15 AM
  • "AMD A10-7800 Review" bit-tech 8:16 AM
  • "ARM-based servers get a boost with AMD developer kit and Red Hat support" V3 8:16 AM
  • "AMD Announces Availability of its first 64-Bit ARM-Based Server Processor" Uncover California 8:15 AM
  • "IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas: With CrossIdeas, IBM is gaining auditing tools for policing segregation-of-duties violations across disparate systems" IDG News Service 8:12 AM
  • "IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas" PCWorld 8:17 AM
  • "IBM snaps up Italian cloud security vendor CrossIdeas/Summary: IBM is adding more troops for its assault on the enterprise security market - this time with an Italian vendor giving it tools to handle segregation of duties." ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "IBM snaps up Crossideas for identity management know-how" Gigaom 8:03 AM
  • "Michael Dell is funding this company to move surveillance cameras onto the cloud" VentureBeat 8:08 AM
  • "Oracle Updates Database, Linux, Project Offerings" Top Tech News 8:19 AM
  • "Danish researchers achieve fastest single-laser data transfer speeds ever" Engadget 7:54 AM
  • "No patch yet for zero day in Symantec Endpoint Protection software driver: Symantec has published recommendations for mitigating the danger" IDG News Service 7:43 AM
  • "Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns" Reuters 8:25 AM
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Apple News
  • "UBS praises Apple CEO Tim Cook for thinking 'big,' pushing for iOS to become ubiquitous" AppleInsider 7/30
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: Yelp, 3D Systems stand out as tech stocks slump/Earnings results fail to inspire investors as sector is awash in red" MarketWatch 10:19 AM
  • "Stocks set to end July with a whimper" CNNMoney 10:20 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Futures Sink as International Markets Sit in the Red" TheStreet 8:30 AM
  • "US stocks open lower as more earnings reports roll in; Yum Brands sinks on poor China sales" Associated Press 9:57 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Remain Sharply Lower: Dow, S&P Headed for First Monthly Losses This Year" [Paid Membership Required] 9:57 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks snap winning streak, but rise for July/Japanese stocks broke their four-day string of advances on Thursday, but still notched a solid gain for the month of July." MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Disappointing earnings, weak inflation hit European stocks/A raft of disappointing earnings reports from European heavyweights pushed the region's stock markets to sharp losses on Thursday, while another soft inflation reading for the euro zone offered little consolation." MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "Early Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares down at 10 a.m." Associated Press 9:56 AM

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